Whoever watched the Malaysian team playing against Vietnam in Suzuki Cup semi-final would have had tought that Vietnam would, in the end, win the match.
Let's face it. Vietnam was far better than Malaysia in every aspect of football technicality.
Let me tell you about Vietnam and football.
When I was in Vietnam, whenever I told any of the locals who bothered to ask where I was from that I was from Malaysia, they'd only say two things to me.
With a thump-up of course. I'd usually thank and flash them with that famous sheepish but proud smile of mine. Ngeee!
Thanks to Malaysia's win over Vietnam in the final of Sea Games, Malaysian football seemed to have gained a hard-earned reputation amongst Vietnamese people.
Hard-earned because they thought it was almost impossible for Malaysia to beat their team with the way they played. Hard-earned because Malaysian team played almost like shit.
I didn't watch the Sea Games final so I don't have anything to say about it but if it happened to be just like the way they played in the Suzuki Cup, I should have never ever come around Hanoi telling people that I was from Malaysia. I should have just as well told them that I was from Iraq or North Pole, a cousin of Santa Claus or something.
Vietnamese people take football very seriously, almost like how they took wars so seriously in the past.
Just like most other communist countries, their spirit of nationalisme is rocket high and one of the channels through which they could best convey this boiling nationalisme of theirs is football.
That even explains, perhaps, why their soccer field at Hanoi Stadium looked all set to host an English Premier League match while our soccer field in Bukit Jalil looked all set to host an inter-kampung leaque. Even buffaloes would enjoy playing dive and screech in a muddy field like that.
I wouldn't go into details of how Malaysian played in the Suzuki Cup against Vietnam since most of you might have watched it too but for those who didn't, you should be grateful. It was painful to watch especially when we are talking about a semi final in an international level. And I am talking about the Malaysian team.
And tonight, Malaysia is gonna play the first leg of the final against Indonesia. They better be good because if they continue to play like shit, I'm just as well giving up hope in seeing Malaysian football grows out of its dark shit hole that it has always been in since the era of Moktar Dahari.
Plisssssssssssss no repeat of the way they played in Hanoi, or I'll CONTINUE going all out telling everybody that Malaysian football is